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Old 07-03-2017, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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That's smart shopping, OP! Here's another way to "shop" -- I wanted a high-powered blender that would make smoothies for me. Small budget. Posted on Facebook that I was shopping for a good blender/juicer/smoothie maker. Did anyone have one they wanted to find a new home for? Didn't ask for it free, was willing to pay a fair amt. A friend gave me a Ninja she wasn't using. Said it was an extra one she had. Wouldn't take any $ for it. A nice friend! Perfect for my needs. Now having a smoothie most mornings. Since then I've used FB for giving away things, too. Or selling for a low amount. Karma.
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Old 07-03-2017, 01:29 PM
 
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Did you walk to all these places or drive?
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Old 07-03-2017, 01:40 PM
 
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Did you walk to all these places or drive?
All the stores were in walking distance from each other.
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Old 07-03-2017, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Well done! I just moved into a new apartment and it didn't have a microwave - horrors! I was broke after moving, so started saving and shopping around. Had decided I'd buy one from Walmart, but was saving.

Then, since I'm now back in an urban area, I started checking the free section on Craigslist and voila! Somebody who was remodeling and changing everything to stainless steel, had a white microwave (which matches my appliances here) for free. I went and got it, cleaned it up a bit, plugged it in - and it works perfectly! Way nicer than the little one I was going to buy from Walmart, too :-)

I do think people need to think about the gas money they're spending while they shop around. My "free" microwave probably cost me $5 or more in gas, as it was way across town. Still a great deal, but I know some people who will drive all over town to save fifty cents to a dollar on different items, and spend more than they saved in gas.
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:51 AM
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I was looking to buy a toaster yesterday at Target and noticed they only had one toaster for $34.99 which made go to another Target. The other Target had the same toaster for $34.99 and my account would not let me buy a normal looking toaster for that much money. So I see CVS across the street and they had one toaster on the shelf for only $17.37. That price was a lot better than Target's but I still felt I could get a better price and decided to go to Rite Aid. Then once I arrived in Rite Aid it was one toaster on the shelf and the price after taxes was $14.34 All it took was patience and I was able to find a toaster for $20 less than what was in Target which made me feel leaving the store.
Good for you! Target is a funny place when it comes to sale items. I did, however, catch a great deal on a bedding set some time ago. The quality is not bad for the price.
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Target is consistently high for appliances outside of sales. The same brand will generally be marked significantly up from what it is priced at competitors'.
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:56 AM
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Well done! I just moved into a new apartment and it didn't have a microwave - horrors! I was broke after moving, so started saving and shopping around. Had decided I'd buy one from Walmart, but was saving.

Then, since I'm now back in an urban area, I started checking the free section on Craigslist and voila! Somebody who was remodeling and changing everything to stainless steel, had a white microwave (which matches my appliances here) for free. I went and got it, cleaned it up a bit, plugged it in - and it works perfectly! Way nicer than the little one I was going to buy from Walmart, too :-)

I do think people need to think about the gas money they're spending while they shop around. My "free" microwave probably cost me $5 or more in gas, as it was way across town. Still a great deal, but I know some people who will drive all over town to save fifty cents to a dollar on different items, and spend more than they saved in gas.
Good for you! That is a good point. I think some people like to bargain hunt. I like bargains too but I am not willing to drive all over for it.
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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For me, it depends on how urgent my need for the item is.
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Old 07-04-2017, 08:01 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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We don't have Target around here but we have Kohl's. I don't get their pricing at all. Trying to buy a T shirt for my 6 yr old grandson, the cheapest were $14.99. I decided to bite the bullet even though it's almost as much as I'd pay for a T shirt for myself, and when I got to the cash register, they only charged me $7.99. And a senior discount!

Kohl's seems to have very high prices but there are these mysterious sales (it must have been on sale) that you don't even know about. I was happy.

It does pay to shop around and you aren't wasting gas money if all the stores are in a strip mall so that you can just walk from store to store. I had also tried T.J. Maxx in the same strip mall but they didn't have anything.
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Old 07-04-2017, 11:30 PM
 
Location: la la land
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We don't have Target around here but we have Kohl's. I don't get their pricing at all. Trying to buy a T shirt for my 6 yr old grandson, the cheapest were $14.99. I decided to bite the bullet even though it's almost as much as I'd pay for a T shirt for myself, and when I got to the cash register, they only charged me $7.99. And a senior discount!

Kohl's seems to have very high prices but there are these mysterious sales (it must have been on sale) that you don't even know about. I was happy.

It does pay to shop around and you aren't wasting gas money if all the stores are in a strip mall so that you can just walk from store to store. I had also tried T.J. Maxx in the same strip mall but they didn't have anything.
Open a Kohl's charge account and you can get 30% off at least one week out of every month. I wait for the 30% off sales then go browse the clearance racks, it's nice to pick up something marked down 80% and get 30% off of that. They also have 'friends and family' 20% off sales for non-account holders.

For anyone reading this who has a Kohl's account, if the coupon you get in the mail isn't for 30% off, just google "Kohl's 30 off" get the current code and put it in the Kohl's app
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